Davidson United Methodist Church will have another meeting with church members Oct. 14 on proposed expansion at the campus. Meanwhile, down the road in Cornelius, Mt. Zion United Methodist Church will break ground on Wednesday for the planned Autumn Care long-term care facility off Zion Street.
AUTUMN CARE GROUNDBREAKING
Mt. Zion United Methodist Church and Autumn Corp. Inc. will break ground on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 9 a.m. for the planned Autumn Care of Cornelius. The $12.5 million, 102-bed long-term care facility will be owned and operated by Autumn Corp. on land supplied by the church, slightly south of 19338 Zion Ave., Cornelius.
On Sunday, Oct. 7, the church will hold a short Blessing of the Land after the 11am service. Churchgoers will be invited to walk the short distance to the land down Zion Ave. and for the brief blessing.
Read our June 27, 2012, report on the church’s plans, “Nursing home ground breaking planned soon at Mt. Zion site”
COUNTY FAIR AND FALL FESTIVAL
Mt. Zion United Methodist church will host an all ages County Fair and Fall Festival this Saturday afternoon and evening, with food, fun, games, and inflatables, as well as a cornhole tournament.
The festival is free and open to the public, on the front lawn at Mt. Zion, 19600 Zion Avenue, Cornelius. They’ll serve hamburgers and hotdogs, stage a pie-baking contest, and have music and square dancing.
RELIGION AND POLITICS
Mt. Zion United Methodist Church has three more classes in its series on “How Politics and Religion Mix in Election Decisions.” Led by Senior Pastor Mary John Dye, the sessions continue Wednesdays Oct. 10, 17, and 24 at 6:30 p.m., in the church sanctuary, 19600 Zion Avenue, Cornelius.
The course is open to the community and people of all churches. A fellowship meal is available prior to the course at the church’s Family Life Center. For meal signups, visit the church website: http://www.mtzionumc.net/bloom.
- October 10, 2012: Seeking the Truth Through Soundbites and Slander
- October 17, 2012: What Christian Principles Apply to Who I Should Support & What Does Christian Faith Teach About How to Treat Those Who Disagree?
- October 24, 2012: Spiritual Guides for Decision-Making in the United Methodist Tradition
The content will also be posted online each week after the class is over, at http://www.mtzionumc.net/politics-and-religion
On Election Day, Tuesday, November 6, the sanctuary at Mt. Zion will be open for prayer all day. Communion will be served from 7 – 8 a.m., 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. and 5 – 6 p.m.
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS AT DCPC
Davidson College Presbyterian Church will hold its annual Blessing of the Animals this Sunday at 4 p.m. on the church lawn. Leashed and caged pets are invited to join as their human companions make vows to care for them with compassion and joy.
Please bring a lawn chair and an offering of pet food which will be given to the Loaves & Fishes food pantry. Local band Sunday Union will provide the music. Author Elisabeth Davis will be selling her two children’s books about mixed-breed, adopted dogs who became AKC agility champions. Books are $10, with proceeds are donated to animal rescue charities, such as Cornelius Animal Shelter.
DCPC SERIES ON CHURCH AND STATE
he Davidson College Presbyterian Church Jubilee Class will host a series of programs beginning this Sunday on the relationship between church and state. Also below, information about Mt. Zion United Methodist Church’s series on “Mixing Politics and Religion: How Christian Values Affect Election Decisions.” Read more in our Oct. 3 news item, “DCPC series looks at the church-state relationship.”
DAVIDSON METHODIST EVENTS
Davidson United Methodist Church will hold a Fall Harvest of Blessings on Sunday, Oct. 14, noon-2 p.m., in the chapel and Molly McKay Youth House on South Main Street, Davidson. Enjoy a hot dog lunch, bounce houses and slide, cupcake walk, petting zoo, and games. Sponsored by DUMC’s Family Ministries, all activities are free of charge.
The church’s building study committee also plans another meeting with members to discuss options for expansion of the DUMC campus in Davidson. That meeting will be Sunday, Oct. 14, 2 p.m. in the sanctuary, 233 S. Main St. The committee will present a pared-down version of the plan for expansion, as well as define options for moving forward. A church conference to vote on whether to proceed with the project will be held in early November. (For background on the issue, see Aug. 10, 2012, “Methodist Church meetings to consider expansion plans.”)
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